The Weirdest Day Ever

I would like to tell you about the weirdest day of my life, but first I have to tell you a wee bit about my final presentation.

Yesterday I had my final presentation for my studio. It wasn’t too bad. I had stayed up pretty late for the last few nights. It wasn’t anything compared to a lot of other people but I am one of those lame people who seriously can’t function if I go to bed at 2 am every night and wake up at 7:30. Anyway. Our project was about creating a modular gardening system with an adjustable height planting bed for old people so they don’t have to bend over when they garden. We built some cute little scale models:_SU15981

We also made a cute stop action animation video to show how our garden works:


So on to the weird day.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Corona virus. It’s causing quarantines, paranoia, travel bans, more thorough hand washing, general panic. And recently, it has caused schools across America to convert all their classes to online. And at 9 in the morning, I rolled over to look and my phone and learned that SCAD has been added to that list of schools. So now, instead of packing for spring break, I’m packing to go home. All the way home. Where I will be staying for spring quarter. Unsurprisingly, we students have no idea how design classes will be conducted online. But I guess we’re just going to roll with it. My valiant mother is driving all the way down from Pennsylvania to help me pack all of my stuff and move out of the dorms. So my third quarter will be at home. Which is SO WEIRD. It’s WEIRD. Because I was gonna have a cute little flight home but now I’m packing up my life and moving back home.

So now I have to actually pack all my stuff up and as you can imagine, it is quite a mess.
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It’s Friday now and I am just waiting for my mom to come. For breakfast, I went to the dining hall to use my last meal swipe and spent my remaining dining dollars on some snacks for the ride back. I also got a quick look at the many turtles by the bridge. There were so many swimming around in the warm sunshine!
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After breakfast, I walked around Savannah and took some pictures. It was kinda sad that I wouldn’t be coming back for the spring quarter. I really enjoyed living in the city and biking and walking everywhere.

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Logan had told me that all the fountains in Savannah were dyed green for St. Patrick’s day so I went over to Forsyth Park to see, and sure enough, weirdly green water was spewing out of the animals adorning in the fountain. It wasn’t that easy to see in the water but the statues were dyed green from the spray.
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Despite these new developments with the virus, people were wandering around the city like nothing was happening. I sat on a bench and played ukulele for a while, the walked over to my Aunt’s house to drop off a tupperware.

My mom arrived in the afternoon. We finished packing, loaded everything up in the van, dropped our overnight stuff at the Thunderbird Inn (a cute little retro hotel), and had just enough time for ice cream at Leopold’s. In the evening, my friends had invited me to a barbecue and my mom visited with my aunt. It was nice to have one last little gathering before we all parted ways.

On Saturday morning, Mom and I grabbed the rest of my stuff from the dorm, dropped off the keys, and headed home. The sun was shining through the clouds and it was beautiful!
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UPDATE:

Today is Monday.

I am home and my stuff is (mostly) unpacked. It’s going to be weird having to take classes online but at least I’m not moving for a while, haha. A lot of people are super annoyed about taking classes online and not being able to go anywhere, but I really think that it’s the relaxed-ness and slow response that has helped the virus reach so many people in the first place. Plus, as a self-proclaimed introvert, I enjoy having a very legitimate excuse for not leaving the house.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and at home during these trying times 🙂

Spring Break in Savannah

[Written I think two weeks ago]

Spring break is now over and the clocks have already jumped ahead. I’m currently sitting in the Intramural Building, chilling out while Logan and Ben play what I’m sure is a rousing game of racket ball. Before that, we attempted some of the climbs on the bouldering wall but were met with minimal success. Very fit people in leggings and sneakers and tank tops keep walking by and making me feel super lazy as I sit on my laptop. It’s ok. I have practice tonight.

Over spring break, I traveled down to Savannah to look at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) accompanied by my best buddy Log. I got the rejection letter from RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design) a few days before but its just as well because it’s much easier for me to make a decision. And guess what. Savannah and SCAD are both wonderful! That means that YES! I am going to grad school for industrial design! I cannot wait!

Logan and I flew in on Sunday and got to stay with my aunt in her super cool and old house. It poured all evening. We tried to go to the Crystal Beer Parlor, apparently a local food favorite, but even in the rain it was an hour wait. So we got tacos.

The next morning, Log and I walked around the historic district. I took some pics with my new lens. We ate breakfast at Clary’s which was delicious! Then walked over to the SCAD Admissions office where the tour started. The inside of this building is SWANKY. There is funky decor and bright colors. I got a cool lanyard. Here is a picture of the room we started in. Logan kept saying the tables were “substantial”.

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So I’ve been on a lot of tours and let me tell you, the SCAD tour was easily the best organized and most helpful one I’ve ever been on. The campus itself is spread across the city in 80 or so different buildings, most of which have been historic and renovated. So instead of the usual walking backward tour guide, we went on a shuttle. We got to see the fibers building, the animation building, and the industrial design building.

Then we walked around town. I love all the trees.

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In the evening, Logan and I went to the Crystal Beer Parlor. I got shrimp and grits and it was so delicious but it has milk in it and my belly was not too happy. It was worth it.

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I am so so so excited to be going to grad school! And, that means I get to keep my blog for longer! Yay!

 

 

Spring Break, Spring Ahead

Where is this “Spring” anyway. It is a cool 30 degrees Fahrenheit right now in always partially sunny State College. Despite the cold, I have been busy over the break. (It is now the Friday of my first week back at school).

Painting Underwater

I was very excited for spring break because I got to paint a lot of furniture and try out my cute new electric sander. (Thanks internet!)

I painted a small shelf and table in an “under water” theme, which was an interesting and new challenge since the only things I’ve really painted are flowers.

Here are some progress pics of the shelf:

And here are the final pics of the table and the shelf:

 

 

Android Defector

I broke my iPhone screen right before break, and my nice mother offered to buy me a new one. I have been considering the switch from Apple to Samsung for a long time and after an extremely long case of indecision, I finally decided to try out android. It’s taking me a little getting used to but I think the switch was worth it and that battery life is no joke.

Birds

More bird pics!

 

My Third Spring Break

Well I have really been quite terrible about keeping everyone updated on my happenings. But then again, everyone said that this year would be the most difficult and time consuming year of all and I have yet to disagree. A majority of my meals last weekend consisted of chicken tenders from the commons and breakfast sandwiches from Au Bon Pain. After a grueling couple of weeks, I have finally reached that beautiful checkpoint of spring break. YAY! So, here is what I have been so busy with that I didn’t have the time to let you all know:

Studio Stuff

Our latest studio project was a to design a mixed-use community with different housing types and a commercial district. I designed a community that gave creative and educational opportunities to lower-income people. I wanted to call it “the starving artist community” but felt like that was too on the nose. Haha. Anyway, here is a pdf of my project boards if you are so inclined to view them 🙂 [EDIT: Just kidding, it’s not a PDF anymore it’s a document viewer]

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Our next project will be on the “scenic” Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. If you are unaware (as I was) this canal is not scenic. It smells. And apparently has a dark sludge residing in its murky bottom which is affectionately called “black molasses”. We’re going on a site visit soon, so that should be interesting.

Photography

The last assignment we submitted for photography was a “narrative.” The goal was to create scenes that told some kind of story that the viewer didn’t understand. Think sci-fi fantasy kind of deal or The Twilight Zone but in color. Here are the two photos that I submitted:

My next assignment is to choose a photographer (famous) and imitate their style. I chose Ansel Adams who photographed beautiful landscapes of California and the South West in black and white. I almost feel bad trying to copy them because mine are no where near that caliber. Also, I need some mountains.

Apartment Life

So you may or may not know that my lovely little apartment is not equipped with a washer and dryer. I recently decided to start washing my clothes in the bathroom and hanging them on a clothesline. This has proved largely inefficient due to living in a basement that is always slightly humid so that nothing every really dries. So, my dear mother decided to purchase me a tiny electric dryer and a crank washer. I am very excited to be washing clothes in my apartment and will update you on how everything works out!

Have a nice day!

Breaks in the Spring Time

I’m on Spring Break! (although you probably could’ve guessed from the title). It has be wonderful so far! Remember when I told you that my plant died? or maybe I didn’t, I can’t remember. Anyway, I bought some new plants and they are so cute!

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I also made this clock, which has a technical error in the design, but I won’t tell you what it is because I didn’t notice at first.

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And, did some lovely sidewalk chalk drawings:

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This was meant to be sarcastic but my mom read it and proceeded to drive over it

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Vitruvian Sitck Figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, I can now pogo stick without hands, which I think is pretty impressive. (I hope you’re jealous)

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While I have you, let me tell you some stuff that’s been happening on campus before break:

My friend and I almost went to THON
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The BJC all lit up

There seems to be this vibe during THON that you will be at THON at some point in the weekend because why wouldn’t you go. Well, after a long bout of indecision, my friend and I decided that we should go to THON and see what’s happening. It was maybe 10:00 PM by the time we got to the Bryce Jordan Center (aka the BJC). We went at a really bad time, when the pep rally was happening. We knew it, but for some reason we went anyway. Well, lo and behold, the stadium was at capacity. But, they’d given us wristbands and every hour, they would send out a text for which numbers could enter the building. So we waited. We walked around and people watched. At 11:00, the text was sent out and our numbers were not in the range which meant waiting until 12:00 AM to see if we could get in. I understand that for THON weekend, 12:00 is not that late, but hey, we were impatient and had a ton of work to do, so we went back to the dorms.

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More exciting, PSUkulele performed at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball. It was a fun time!

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(PS follow @PSUkulele on Instagram and Twitter!)

Studio Happenings
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So, super exciting but not really, the little block of north campus I call home is being turned into a giant construction site. On one side of Stuckman, the entire parking lot is closing for construction and they are building a new dorm. On the other side, the are building a new water tower. So far, it looks ugly. They have begun welding and won’t stop for the rest of the semester, and because they we all keep looking up at the pretty sparks from the welding torches, they put paper over the lower windows so to deter us from blinding ourselves (even though there is apparently no real danger of that happening). The good thing is, we are all artsy fartsy people, and we turned the stupid paper into a mural.2016-03-04 11.52.522016-03-02 12.24.29